Srinagar, July 21: A fair price shop dealer here has allegedly embezzled nearly Rs 16 lakhs in six months by “tempering” official record. The Authorities have canceled the license of the dealer but no action has been so far taken against official even as the case has been handed over to the crime branch.
Official sources told GNS that the FP shop dealer namely Imtiyaz Ahmad Malik at Natipora D in Srinagar embezzled Rs 15 lakh and eighty thousand in last six months. “While remitting the cash of rice and sugar into the government account through the bank, the dealer tempered the vouchers and embezzled the amount,” sources said.
Astonishingly, the concerned TSO, who was earlier suspended in 2014, signed the vouchers. sources said that it is the duty of concerned TSO to monitor the amount of the FP dealers which they are credited in the government exchequer.
According to an order issued by the Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, a licence for the shop for sale of the food grains, sugar for monthly basis to the bonafide rationees on commission basis was issued in favour of Malik and he was to remit due payment into the revolving fund account of the department.
He was supposed to get the remittance details acknowledged/ verified by the TSO concerned to ascertain the status of the actual amount due and the detail remitted against that.
“It has come to fore that the said FP shop dealer had been commenting fraud and resorting to embezzlement/misappropriation of the government money by way of fudging the official record and tempering the same with the malafide intention since January 2017 as per the preliminary examination of the records,” the Director said in the order.
The Director said that Malik was warned in the past but he continued to comment all the offenses of fudging the records and tempering the same “wherein he has made insertion with the ulterior motives and has swallowed up the public money deliberately.”
The dealer has not deliberately shown the record to the TSO concerned on monthly basis for certification band examination to hide his “criminal offense”, the order said.
“Whereas on surprise perusal of the records since January 2017, it has been proved that the said person is inserting last two figures after deposition of the cash in the bank and tempering the same thereby looted the state exchequer,” the order adds.
The Director has canceled the license of the fair price shop with immediate effect to be followed by the initiation of legal action against him including the recovery of the due amount etc. When contacted, the Director Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Nissar Ahmad Wani told GNS that the case has been referred to the crime branch of the state and none will be spared. (GNS)